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Ghent Centre II

Ghent Centre II
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24629 W: 523 N: 41334] (177626)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-09
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 7 D, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best of 2015 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-07-09 23:11
Viewed: 3133
Points: 135
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Yesterday afternoon I was friends in Ghent but I'm closer to the city revoked by the good weather.
I have taken several pictures on this place, but by the quiet time there were a number of people resting on the few green spaces in the city centre.

Thanks for viewing.

History of the church:
Originally there was a Romanesque church dating from around 1100. The building of this church was an initiative of St Peter. The St Bavo's Abbey then decided to build the church of Saint Michael on the left bank of the Lys. A first building burned down in 1120, a second was demolished from 1200
From the 16th century the history of the church is determined by neglect, decay and mutilation.
After previous restorations in 1912-1913 and 1939-1943 the real turning point came in 1960 when it decided to close the church and proceed to a thorough and painstaking restoration. The first opening came only in 1992 when the tower, the transept and the choir were reopened. On November 27, 2010 also entered the ship again open to the public. Now, the south aisle (side Cataloniëstraat) and the organ still get a facelift. The completion of the works is planned for 2018.

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Hello John,

A nice church, good weather... Everything is there to get a nice picture!


Dobar dan, gospodine.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj crkvi sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lepo pokazano, dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa ljudima u parku i oblacima koji dolaze.
Daobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snima.
Lepa arhitektura.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Kod nas je posle velikih vrucina doslo rashladjenje i kisa.

Hi John,
Superb capture of this impressive cathedral. I like the colors and the atmosphere. Well taken.


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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25981] (125665)
  • [2015-07-09 23:41]

Hello John, Nice to see enjoying sunny day on the lawns near the church. Superb presentation. Interesting monument or maybe fountain, nice modern architecture on the left. and of course, beautiful old church. Excellent symmetrical composition.

WArm regard sMAlgo

Hello John,
Point de vue bien trouvé, bonne présentation de l'architecture de l'église et bonne présence animée des gens.
Le ciel est magnifique.

Bonjour John
Une bonne prise de cette église à l'architecture remarquable. les gens profitent du beau temps pour se reposer sur les pelouses qui semblent commencer à fatiguer de la chaleur.
Amitiés et bonne journée.

Hello John,
It's a wonderful Church very well taken, good framing and nice blue cloudy sky, excellent sharpness and clarity, good work my friend.

Best regards

Hello John! Amazing church, amazing architecture, wonderfull townscape of Ghent. Superb clouds. Marvelous brightness and colours. Good cut and frame. Regards!

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Le contemporain côtoie l'ancien avec bonheur. L'espace vert (un peu roussi par la canicule) est un lieu de détente et de repos.
Une image une fois encore de qualité (qui s'en plaindrait).
Très bonne journée.

H John,
Beautiful cathedral, and your clev choice of angle to shoot from shows well the sheer size of it as we can see the people relaxing in the gardens around it. Your colors are vivid and really appealing and the light is perfect. Nice choice of the central composition.
Best wishes.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14077 W: 0 N: 16143] (171732)
  • [2015-07-10 2:31]


avec les personnage en premie rplan quelle compo et vue sueprbe cathédrale quelle architecture et iamge une mise en valeur parfait fantastique.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John,
This is a very agreeable scene beautifully captured. The splendid church dominating its surroundings makes an excellent focal point. Unusually, the central placement makes for a strong composition here. Perfectly exposed with superb colours and clarity. The people relaxing in the summer sunshine enliven the scene and give scale to the whole. Bravo!

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2445 W: 34 N: 4409] (24789)
  • [2015-07-10 3:34]

Dag John

Hoog tijd dat ik nog eens in Gent op bezoek ga, bedenk ik. De binnenstad is serieus veranderd tgo toen ik er (lang geleden) studeerde. Ook in deze foto ontdek ik direct allerlei dingen die nieuw zijn voor mij.

Altijd wel een leuke stad gevonden, Gent.

Groetjes uit 't stad.


Hello, John!

Beautiful architecture, and you got it with excellent colors and sharpness! I like the symmetry of the photo with the centered position of the building. Wonderful composition! Well done!

Dear John Sir,

Sharpness, contrast and light management is excellent. Composition is good. Nice to see the architecture in your pic.


Hello John,
this church is very impressive, it has bold architectural features and really stands out in its urban setting. I like how the surrounding elements make a mosaic that frames the church, the sky is spectacular and it's great that you gave so much space to it. The scenery has an agreeable warmth. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,

Hi John,

The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. The presence of the people is animating the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the church and of the house. Have a nice day.


Beautiful architectural style! I like those design which looks like they all are soaring to heaven. Nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Good to have the people for scale. Well done, tfs.

Bonjour John,

J'ai eu le plaisir de visiter cette magnifique cathédrale et tu lui a bien rendu justice dans cette remarquable composition. Le point de vue est parfait et la lumière fait briller les couleurs.



Ciao John, great view of fantastic Church, superb sky, excellent clarity. lovely composition, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6092 W: 277 N: 11813] (91052)
  • [2015-07-10 8:24]

Hello John ,
Excellent centering of this church in the superb composition . Fine saturated colors and a great sky .

Hello John,
A wonderful view of central Ghent. The cathedral is an architectural gem and the surrounding buildings also look interesting. Nevertheless the people enjoying the sun in the small park contribute very much to the pleasant atmosphere of the photo. The wonderful colours and well managed light also make it a joy to watch this.
Kind regards,

Very nice of a palace, light and harmonious colors, eye-catching Attractive good quality image Best wishes to you

Hallo John,
Een mooie, zeer heldere en kleurrijke foto waarbij de bomen voor een goede voorgrond zorgen zonder het zicht te belemmeren en de wolken afwisseling brengen in de lucht.
De vele bezoekers op het gras zorgen voor een fijne vakantiestemming.
De architectuur van de kerk wordt vanaf deze zijde op een wondermooie manier en perfect scherp geïllustreerd.
Vele groeten, Paul

Hi John,

I do not like the colors, I do not know why, but it seems to me like a picture-postcard from a half a century ago! Maybe a little too postprocessing?


Hello John,

I am always struck by the wonderful clarity, exhibited by your photographs.
This is a fine composition, the people and the outer buildings all assisting in leading up to the magnificence of the central church.
The lawns, with wild flowers, must be a most relaxing place to spend a few peaceful minutes on a hot summer's day.
I think Aleksander may be right about the colours; a little less saturation makes them much more natural.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2015-07-10 11:58]

Hello John,
Wonderful view of this Romanesque church, beautiful architecture.I like the detail of architecture.Good framing, clarity and sharpness.Interesting notes.
Very well done.

Hello dear John and have a nice weekend
thanks for sharing with us this interesting
postcard and your useful notes about the
history of this church which originally
there was a Romanesque church
superb capture of this impressive
cathedral good framing and
excellent b lue sky

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2015-07-10 16:27]

Bonjour mon ami
Joli point de vue sur cette église sous une belle luminosité ambiante
L'architecture est bien mise en évidence au centre de l'image
Sincères amitiés

Hi John!
Lovely, charming and attractive details!
Beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

Salut John,
Belle architecture bien présentée avec cette vue très lumineuse, bien cadré avec cet environnement, parc et maison.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2015-07-11 2:22]


very beautiful this view of the backwards of the church, its shapes are well shown and very beautiful. nice inclusion of people in the lawn. the fountain is very interesting too.



Hello John
The town center of Ghent seems to be a very tranquil and pleasant place indeed. Nice capture of this old cathedral with the old houses to the right and the more modern edifices to the left they complete the composition perfectly.
have a great day

Hello John,
a fine picture postcard view of this magnificent Church,the composition is well balanced and the colours very well illustrated.
Clarity is first rate.
Best wishes Les.

Good evening John,
A marvelous sight of the vhurvh's edifice in Ghent.
Immaculate technical's, fine visibility day and we see people were out to enjoy the good weather.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • lgir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 621 W: 71 N: 1652] (7363)
  • [2015-07-11 10:42]

Hello John,

nice composition on this beautiful church which stands well under a beautiful sky, with very good contrast rendition and the sharpness of the image.
Well done

Hello John,

Very nice scene you captured here. What a beauty of church with impressive architecture. I like to see those people enjoying the day on the green.



Hello John,
This is a magnificent building. I like the way you have framed it with the surrounding buildings. Good POV!

amazing and illustrated view from church you captured. architecture is splendid.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3449 W: 0 N: 7971] (57329)
  • [2015-07-11 22:29]

Beautiful and coorful photo, I like the architecture of the church and the entire scene, very nice atmosphere, excellent detailed photo
regards Ryszard

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2015-07-11 22:42]

Hello John,
That church is very nice and it has a superb architecture. I like the inclusion of people on the grass. Beautiful clouds on that blue sky. Very sharp picture and nice colors. TFS.

Morning dear John
A fine clean composition of the church seen from "the back" in a symmetrical composition. The situation is tranquil and relaxed. Pleasant skt and light. Good craftmansship as usual.
Cheers and have a good Sunday

Hello John,

Thanks for the comments you have made in my photos. I am very grateful.

Wonderful picture, a beautiful and nice lawn to rest on a sunny day.

An old church with beautiful architecture. Here is very well presented with beautiful colors and exposure.

Greetings from Rio do Sul, Brazil.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 715 W: 129 N: 1144] (7625)
  • [2015-07-12 20:58]

Hello John
Nice view of this relatively modern church. Of course the light favored the apse more than the front facade.
The sky is splendid as well as the warm colors and the beautiful architecture.

Kind regards

Hi John
You got a great shot of the church and the colour splash makes it jump out with a very good mix of images within this frame. Well done, Congrats
Best wishes

Hello John,
You found a good POV to photograph this beautiful gothic church, framed by young trees and modern and old-style buildings. You also captured a wonderful atmosphere in this shot with the people enjoying the sunshine in a fine urban setting. However, I feel the colours are slightly oversaturated.
Have a nice day.

Hi John.
This spectacular POV, of the Church of St. Michael, in which we can appreciate the great beauty of its apse and elegant tower, yellowish-green lawn, trees and pictorial sky, completes a picture of undeniable beauty, presence of people put a pretty vital touch.
An image to enjoy with its beautiful colorful, very bright and perfect clarity.
Excellent done. I love it.
Happy start to the week.
Best wishes.

hele mooie plaat van gent,
deze kant had ik niet eerder gezien John goede compositie fraaie lijnen erg mooi werk weerr.
groet Jaap

Hi John
I usually don't place my main focal point in the middle of the frame, but sometimes it can still work well.

Honestly i think it balances out the scene well, with subjects on each side.

the colors are a bit bold, but still, the beauty of the architecture is outstanding!

always enjoy your shots!

Howdy John,

Like everyone else, an attractive high definition, color saturated Ghent Center scene. Difficult to distinguish from a classical painting - and the church dominates with neo Romanesque architecture, tall arch windows, cone towers, central immense tower, flying buttresses, etc. And enhanced by the visitors relaxing on the lawn front.

Good job,

Hi, John. This is a beautiful picture of this architectural gem set against the clear blue sky. The Gothic style of the church, contrasts with the surrounding modern architecture on the left. The image is sharp, well composed and in my opinion it deserves more than hundred points. Thanks for sharing

Dear John,

The expansive image presents a beautiful architectural portrait of the church, and shows it in its setting. The individuals seen in the field serve as human touch as wall as providing scale. Of course, your note is highly informative, and a pleasure to read.

Warmest regards, John,


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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-07-13 22:42]

Dear John,
Viewpoint found good, good presentation of the architecture of the church and good animated presence of the people.The sky is beautiful.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14489 W: 1047 N: 29294] (138472)
  • [2015-07-14 5:05]

Hello John,

The perspective in this wide angled shot has been well managed, placing the verticals centrally. Good sharpness and excellent color and saturation. The people in the park add scale and animate the scene. Nice warmk cold color contrasts between the honey-colored stone of the cathedral and the blue sky. Tfs.

Hi John,
beautiful architecture, great POV to present it.
I like the people gathering around the church on the grass to enjoy the beautiful day in a nice surrounding.
Lovely sky, great colors.
Excellent postcard like presentation, exactly as I like it,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9869 W: 157 N: 16070] (126527)
  • [2015-07-15 6:41]

Witaj John!
Wonderful church!
Excellent framing and composition.
Very impressive colours.
Well done.
Nice afternoon

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2015-07-15 10:39]

Hello John,
beautiful architecture of church. Interesting another presentation from Ghent. Good informations in note and photo-work. I like it.
Have a nice evening.

Ciao John
mentre ero di passaggio a Ghent sono andato a San Bavone perché volevo vedere il Polittico dell'Agnello Mistico, ma purtroppo ho trovato chiuso e sono rimasto deluso...
Ottima composizione e bel cielo.
Buona domenica

Hello John,

wonderful picture from Ghent showing this amazing postcard view from this location that I have visited during my last stay in that city. Very good composition, fine colors, perfect sharpness and clarity. Your picture gives me some ideas to visit Ghent once again .... TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2015-07-25 8:32]

Hallo John!
Here I'm again - back from holidays and hospital. This picture is a real joy to look at and especially the rendering of this venerable architecture is great. I think it is right to place it in the middle of the picture. The relaxed people on the meadow are a beautiful counterpoint to the church.
Thank you for the informative note! Exemplary!
Greetings from very stormy Westphalia! Have a nice weekend!

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9304 W: 57 N: 15750] (58338)
  • [2015-07-25 11:08]

Hallo John,
Wat een heerlijk, zonnige foto van Gent. De toren steekt trots af tegen de halfbewolkte lucht en de mensen verspreid over het gras geven de foto een ontspannen sfeer.

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2655 W: 0 N: 3112] (20996)
  • [2015-07-28 7:24]

Goedenavond John
I have the strange impression of seeing the backyard of Notre-Dame in Paris, deprived of La Seine in its immediate environment.
The effect is given to my eyes by the outer supports called flying buttresses on top of the nave.
And of course your 'private Belgian clouds' that follow you everywhere you take a picture crown beautifully the splendid monument!
Met vriendelijke groeten.

Hallo John,
sehr gute Arbeit, sehr gute Bildqualität und Kommentar!

Viele Grüße

A very fine image from a great perspective. The clarity is first class, lovely colours and superb architecture....

Hello John, excellent photography of this pretty and interesting composition in the center of the city, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting work well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good evening and happy weekend.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

Superb view !
All is in the photo, the church, the new and the
old buildings, nice photo, John !

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2015-08-20 3:41]

Dag John
Good summer light and here you show the back side of the famous Ghent cathedral. The people basking in the sun give an idea of the scale. Well done!
Best Regards

Hi John,
very nice church with interesting details. good colors and p.o.v.

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